Questions About Immigration Status Are Off Limits in Personal Injury Cases

In 2016 California passed AB 2159, which vastly improves access to justice for personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs who are undocumented. Codified as Evidence Code sections 351.2, the law states: “In a civil action for personal injury or wrongful death, evidence of a person’s immigration status shall not be admitted into evidence, nor shall discovery into a person’s immigration … Read More

Preserving Public Benefits for Seriously Injured Personal Injury Clients

Catastrophically injured people are faced with very difficult financial consequences, one of which can be the loss of eligibility for public benefits if they receive a recovery in a personal injury action.  Often, the achievable recovery falls short of what would fairly compensate them, especially when their injuries are permanent, such as significant traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) or amputation of … Read More

Pursuing a Judgment: Debtor’s Exam

Most lawyers think obtaining a good trial result is the hard part, but in some cases there is a whole additional chapter to achieving justice and compensation for injured clients.  Once the trial result becomes a judgment, and the judgment is recorded against the defendant, the next step is personally serving the judgment debtor with notice of a debtor’s exam.  … Read More

Janssen Malloy LLP Obtains $100,000 Policy Limit for Injured Bicyclist

Janssen Malloy LLP this week resolved an injured bicyclist’s case for the defendant’s $100,000 policy limits coverage.  Our client was waiting for traffic to clear before crossing a street in Eureka when struck from behind by an inattentive motorist, suffering a complex shoulder fracture injury when thrown to the pavement.  Our client’s injury involved three fractures to the humeral head … Read More